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Win Report: Rick Perry said what?!

Victories and defeats in the most important progressive fights of the week.
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A stand-alone Win Report! The latest victories and defeats in progressive fights throughout the country. Featuring, but not limited to, the following stories: Gov. Rick Perry saying the darnedest thing about homosexuality, President Barack Obama using his mighty executive-order-signing pen not once, not twice, but thrice; and a beautiful example of the Affordable Care Act acting to make care, well, affordable.

Stay tuned for a great episode with Lawrence Lessig on money, politics, and Aaron Swartz—coming next week.

Originally posted on June 20, 2014


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LOSS: Gov. Rick Perry compares homosexuality to... alcoholism. Sometimes we like to count our blessings here at The Good Fight, and the fact that Perry isn't president is one of them. Sorry you have to deal with him, Texas. 

WIN: Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed bill that allows undocumented Floridians to pay in-state tuition

LOSS: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn't care about women's health. He just signed a bill that is all but guaranteed to close four of five abortion clinics in the state, including the only ones in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

WIN: Wisconsin's state utilities are two years ahead in meeting its renewable standards. 

LOSS: The Koch brothers just started Freedom Partners, with plans to spend almost $300 million for this election. Their targets include Republican state legislators in Kansas who support wind energy. Come on, guys. 

WIN/LOSS/WINPORTUNITY: Federal court strikes down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. 555 couples got married just before another judge issued a stay, leaving them in limbo. Wisconsin Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, have written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to honor those marriages. 

WIN: After expanding Medicaid and running its own Obamacare insurance marketplace, Minnesota is reaping the benefits. The uninsured rate in the state has dropped by 40 percent. Obamacare works if you do it right, you guys. 

WIN: More wins for the minimum wage fight! Massachusetts set to increase minimum wage to $11 by 2017 — the highest statewide minimum wage in the nation!

OBAMA'S TRIPLE PEN WIN: Obama wielded his mighty executive pen for good this week: Capping student loan payments at 10 percent of income; creating biggest marine sanctuary in the world—doubling the the amount of ocean on earth that is protected from fishing and energy exploration; and prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. Yay, Obama!

LOSS: Iraq is catapulting into what looks like civil war after the decade-long U.S. occupation. As if that wasn't sad enough, U.S. media is turning to Paul Wolfowitz for his opinion on the matter, even though he has always been TOTALLY WRONG about Iraq